George Washington, America’s favorite founding father, is turning 287 this month! In honor of Presidents Day, the holiday founded to commemorate his birthday, there are a host of events planned in Philadelphia. If you're feeling particularly patriotic but still scrambling to make plans for this February 18 (and the surrounding days), look no further.

City Tavern

The City Tavern restaurant is hosting a special dining event in honor of President's Day. Chef Walter Staib, host of Emmy Award Winner 'A Taste of History' and named "Culinary Ambassador to the City of Philadelphia" will be cooking a special meal this weekend. The restaurant promises, "special menu items inspired by some of our first President's favorite dishes."

The National Constitution Center

The National Constitution Center planned several events during the weekend of Presidents Day and President’s Day Monday. Over the weekend there will be an interactive “Constitution 101” show, quiz game, board game activities, and more. On Monday, the 18 there will be a Story Corner, Presidential Costume Contest, and “Meet the Presidents” event. Admission is free on Presidents day!

Breakfast With George Washington 

On February 17 starting at 10:00 am, the Museum of the American Revolution is hosting a continental breakfast in honor of Presidents Day. The breakfast will take place in the Museum’s Liberty hall, and the food will be supplied by Brûlée Catering. They promise “General Washington will meet and greet guests while they dine on an assortment of muffins, bagels and mini quiches.” Tickets are on sale for $50, or $40 for museum members.

Washington Crossing Historic Park

Sponsored by The Philadelphia Contributionship, “George Washington’s Birthday Party” will take place on February 17, from 10am to 2pm. The event, at Washington Crossing Historic Park promises Caketeria cake, singing, and children’s activities. 

The Mercer Museum

This one–of–a–kind event features food historian Susan McLellan Plaisted as she walks participants through preparation of George Washington’s favorite foods–cacao tea and chocolate. This will take place Monday, February 18 from 11:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the Log House outside the Mercer Museum. Entry is free with admission, which is $15 each for adults.

Although Penn doesn't give us  a day off from school for Presidents day, we shouldn't let GW's birthday go uncelebrated—especially in the nation's first-ever capital! These fun events are the perfect way to make a seemingly small holiday a big, beautiful deal.


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